ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of New Mexico baseball team couldn’t complete the season sweep of in-state foe New Mexico State as a nine-run fourth inning by the Aggies led to a 12-5 loss Tuesday evening at Santa Ana Star Field.
UNM (26-19-1), which defeated NMSU 8-2 on March 7 in El Paso and 5-3 March 28 in Las Cruces, led 3-1 heading into the fourth inning thanks to a three-run second inning that was highlighted by a Beau Capanna two-run triple.
But the Aggies (27-19) scored nine runs on six hits in the fourth with Tristen Carranza hitting two home runs – including a grand slam – in the inning to give NMSU a 10-3 advantage.
The Lobos couldn’t close the gap much there against NMSU sidearmer Andy Frakes. The senior went a career-high 8.1 innings and gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits with three strikeouts and two walks.
“First, give their starter (Andy Frakes) credit – he located well on both sides of the plate today,” UNM coachRay Birmingham said. “We just couldn’t command it. We were down 2-0 in the count a lot on the mound and they made us pay. We can’t expect to score 10 runs every game. We have to be able to win low scoring games too.”
James Harrington picked up the loss, going 3.1 innings and giving up seven runs (five earned) on seven hits with two walks and no strikeouts. Nathaniel Garley tossed 1.2 innings of scoreless relief while Chad Smithwent the final 3.1 innings and gave up two runs on four hits with two strikeouts and a walk.
UNM returns to Mountain West play 6:30 p.m. Friday as the first-place Lobos take on fourth-place Air Force at Santa Ana Star Field.